Crimson Columbine

Waterfront Trails—A Wildflower Walk

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If you love flowers, then a ramble along San Francisco’s bluffs and forest paths is an absolute must! You’ll see thriving colonies of Beach Evening Primrose, Checkerbloom, Douglas Iris, Beach Strawberry, San Francisco Spineflower, and Pink Sand Verbena.

One of the best places for a wildflower walk is in the Presidio, with its miles of walking and hiking trails (download a printable PDF map that shows the trails). Best times to go are from late February through June, but chances are good that you’ll see wildflowers in the shoulder months on either side, too.

Download PDFs describing the Presidio’s white, yellow, and pink-to-red wildflowers.

Did you know: The Presidio is home to the rare Presidio Clarkia, which grows only in grassland and coastal scrub.

SF Waterfront Editors Recommend…

Wildflowers of Northern California’s Wine Country and North Coast Ranges—A photographic guide to wildflowers of four of the west coast’s most beautiful counties: Marin, Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino (Most of the flowers found on the Presidio walk are found in this book). Includes 542 full color images of the native plants of this area, the familiar as well as the shy beauties that must be sought out. Discover 358 species, 83 plant families, of wildflowers. Easy to use: grouped by color, close up photos for identification. Learn bloom times, habitats, garden tips, native uses, natural history, 33 wildflower hot spots with maps. About $25. Buy Wildflowers of Northern California’s Wine Country & North Coast Ranges.

Stairway Walks in San Francisco—Written years ago by Adah Bakalinsky and updated in 2010, this is the favorite SF walking-tour book of the SFW App’s co-authors (all the walks involve traversing stairs, so it might not be your favorite walking-tour book!). Stairway Walks in San Francisco explores clandestine corridors from Lands End to Bernal Heights while sharing captivating architectural, historical, pop culture, and horticultural notes along the way. It’s a gem! About $12. Buy Stairway Walks in San Francisco.

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